On Wednesday, October 15th at 5:30 pm, in the Octagon Room, the Islamic Studies Library will screen Sufi Soul : the mystic music of Islam. The film will be folloed by a post-screening discussion with Dr. Pasha M. Khan, Chair
in Urdu Language and Culture, and professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies.
Come on, come all!
Synopsis: With a dogmatic and fundamentalist view of Muslims increasingly predominant in the Western media, there has never been a more important time to show an alternative view of Islam. Sufism is the mystical dimension of Islam that preaches peace, tolerance and pluralism. And it encourages music, which is seen as a way of getting closer to God. Sufi music is literally some of the most ecstatic in the
world. This documentary by Simon Broughton looks at Sufism and its music in different
part of the Islamic world – Syria, Turkey, Pakistan and Morocco. It follows
the development of Sufism, reveals the views and beliefs of devotees, examines
the growing threat from fundamentalist Islam and includes fantastic performances
from some of the greatest Sufi musicians.